Route 66 Coastal Race

Route 66 _Teaser Poster The Marsden Cove Marina Route 66 is Richmond Yacht Club’s ‘short’ coastal race – 66nm from Auckland to Marsden Cove, Whangarei. Organised in association with Onerahi YC, the race includes open keeler, multihull and the ‘Route 1′ singlehanded divisions. With a 9AM start you’ll finish Friday evening with time to join in the party at Marsden Cove Marina. It is a great introduction to coastal racing for new boats as the safety requirements are Cat 4+ and the fleet stays within the barrier islands. Thanks to title sponsor Marsden Cove Marina and our major sponsors Lidgard Sails and Vining Marine Brokers.

This year’s race is  Friday 3rd March 2017. 

 Notice of Race | Entry Form or ONLINE ENTRY | 2-Minute Form | Sailing Instructions | Briefing Document


What are the safety requirements?

Cat 4 PLUS jackstays and lifelines (to cat 3 requirements, so cat 3 cats are good to go), an in-service liferaft or a dinghy ready to deploy, and an EPIRB/PLB and some other safety goodies in a grab bag.  Singlehanded sailors have a few special requirements. The final safety requirements are on the NOR and Sailing Instructions.


The Marsden Cove marina Route 66 includes the notorious ‘Route 1′. There is a growing community of singlehanders racing each year and it is part of the RYC Singlehanded Series. Why? …for the race, for the challenge, and perhaps you have a boat and no mates :)

Is PHRF required?


Berthing at Marsden Cove?

Berthage is provided at Marsden Cove Marina to race boats from arrival Friday night to departure on Saturday. If you need more time please contact the marina.  On arrival a berthing master will be on hand to direct you to your berth. The marina can accommodate multihulls with ease! You need to be able to provide proof of third party insurance on arrival.

Marina Facilities are described at

Party, Breakfast, and Prizegiving?

The dock party after the race is always memorable, be sure to come up to join in the fun. Boats are encouraged to have a great time on arrival at Marsden Cove but please be respectful of the marina and the people working and staying there. OYC cooks up a fantastic breakfast starting at 7AM – bring cash and go to the events tent to get your plate. The prizegiving follows soon after and all should be done by 9:30AM.

Party at Kawau Saturday Night?

After the success of the 2016 event, we are again planning a party for returning boats at Kawau Boating Club for Saturday night. More details to come in the briefing document and on the RYC facebook page… but the basics are simple: plan to sail to Bon Accord Harbour Saturday after the race and come up to the KBC for a good time that evening. Food, prizes, and a special menu for hungry sailors.

Need a ride? Need crew? Want to crew? Want to give a ride?

We’ve started a Crew.Org forum for the Route 66 – feel free to chatter and send in your race reports there. However, if you need a ride, want to crew, have a crew spot or a ride spot, please post to the Crew.Org ‘Crew and Car Rides’ forum.  Happy hunting!

Lidard Sails
Vining Marine